The black beret was introduced in 2001 as standard headgear for all Army personnel, replacing the Army Service Cap and the Garrison Cap on a variety of uniforms including the Class A Army Green Uniform. Special Operations and Airborne personnel were allowed to retain their distinctively colored berets.

Officers and Warrant Officers center their nonsubdued insignia of grade on the beret flash, while Chaplains place their branch insignia on it. General Officers have the freedom to choose between full, medium, or miniature stars for wear on the beret flash; stars are horizontally centered in a point-to-point configuration, and stars may extend beyond the flash if necessary.

Enlisted Soldiers wear their Distinctive Unit Insignias, more commonly called unit crests, centered on the beret flash, with the exception of certain Command Sergeant Majors and the Sergeant Major of the Army. Soldiers whose units do not have an assigned unit crest will wear their Regimental Distinctive Insignia in its place.

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As a certified manufacturer of uniforms and insignia, The Salute Uniforms considers it a privilege to provide the members of our nation’s military services with superior-quality apparel and accoutrements. We guarantee that every product we offer is made in the USA and meets or surpasses Mil-Spec standards. Browse our online catalog and discover how our tradition of excellence and commitment to innovation makes us your best source for military uniforms, insignias, medals, and accessories.


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